Kelburne 3rd XI 8 - 2 Anchor
Kelburne 3rd XI returned to league duty after the winter break with a convincing 8-2 win over local rivals Anchor at Bellahouston to gain revenge for defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Kelburne started the brighter of the two and took an early lead through veteran David Flower as cooly slotted a drag flick in to the bottom corner from the first penalty corner of the match. Kelburne quickly doubled the lead after a good move down the right ended with a simple tap in at the back post for Chris McNulty. McNulty then added his second and Kelburne third after another good move involving Andy Bremner and Ewan Carmichael left him with another easy finsh.
Anchor then began to come come back in to the game as Kelburne became complacent after taking a convincing lead and goalkeeper Alan Malcolmson was called in to action to save an Anchor penalty corner after barely touching the ball for the first twenty minutes.
This was a wake up call for Kelburne who then managd to score a fourth soon after to finish the match as a contest as Mcnulty grabbed his hat-trick after a quick move down the right by Ryan Edgar and Miles Goldie. This lead to a few choice words from the Anchor keeper to his defence as Anchors frustrations grew. Just before half time Kelburne added another goal to their tally as once again Mcnulty once in the right place after two saves at a short corner, McNulty managed to get onto the rebound.
Kelburne came out for the second half looking to add to their goal tally and created several chances in the first ten minutes of the half as firstly Harry Godfrey then Mark Connor fired inviting balls across the area that the forwards could not get a touch on.
Ewan Carmichael then passed up the simplest of chances as he managed to lift the ball over the bar from only a few yards out. Kelburne finally managed to make their pressure pay as Bremner and Carmichael exchanged passes and the latter teed up Mcnulty for his fifth of the day. Miles Goldie then added the seventh with a strong run down the right and after beating two defenders slotted past the keeper into the bottom corner.Another great chance then fell to Carmichael who this time hit the bar.Kelburne then let complacency slip back into their game in the last ten minutes and after it looked like the strong defensive partnership of Alan Ralph and Brodie McKay would hold on for a deserved clean sheet, Anchor broke on the counter and were given a soft penalty which their forward slotted past Malcolmson. Anchor then added a second after some sloppy defending form Kelburne as tiredness seemed to set into their game.
But Kelburne still had time to add their eigth of the day after three consecutive penalty corners Flower added his second of the game firing an unstoppable flick high into the net with virtually the last touch of the game.
This finished off what was a good performance from Kelburne as they gained the three points they were looking for as they continued their hunt for league glory.
This weekend sees the 3rd XI travel to Auchenhowie to take on league leaders Western IV's.